Monday, December 25, 2017

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens {Book Review}

~ Description 
The story of Ebenezer Scrooge opens on a Christmas Eve as cold as Scrooge's own heart. That night, he receives three ghostly visitors: the terrifying spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Each takes him on a heart-stopping journey, yielding glimpses of Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit, the horrifying spectres of Want and Ignorance, even Scrooge's painfully hopeful younger self. Will Scrooge's heart be opened? Can he reverse the miserable future he is forced to see? 

~ My Rating 
5 stars 

~My Review 

Ahh, how could I not review this amazing story on Christmas Day? It's quite amazing. :) 

My family listen to an audiobook of this classic a few years ago and, to be honest, I didn't even like it that much. It was good, but not great. Then last Christmas, I read the book again (a super pretty, illustrated version that was a gift from my parents ;)) was epic. 

Like, how did I miss half of this goodness before?! Sure, the whole visits-from-the-ghosts thing could be argued, but I thought it was very well-done. The beautiful telling of a story filled with Christmas spirit... If you haven't read it, you're missing out. :) 

A Christmas Carol is not a top favorite book of mine, but it's just too good not to give it five shining stars. 

A true classic! <3 


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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve at the Backdoor by Rebekah Morris {Book Review}

~ Description 

The Great Depression is in full swing, and Mrs. Kabrick hopes to make Christmas a special time for her children even though they don't have much. With the back door constantly opening and shutting, time flies bringing cold air, visitors, and a very special Christmas Eve.

~ My Rating 
5 stars 

~ My Review 

Oh, how endearing and whimsical! 

Christmas Eve at the Backdoor was a delightful read. From the very beginning, with all the ties to the importance of back doors, I was pulled into the story and the joy and charm of a historical Smalltown USA. (I just love those stories, y'all. ^_^)

The Kabrick family's Christmas preparations are repeatedly disrupted by this and that, but they greet each interruption with smiles and keep the true meaning of Christmas deep in their hearts. 

Definitely one of my favorites by this author! <3 


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Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Proposal by Becky Wade {Book Review}

~ Descrption 
A cold night in Texas, a dream of marriage, a happily ever after....

Single mom Amber Richardson spends every holiday season working to give her young son the best Christmas possible and striving to ignore the empty chairs around her table, chairs she wishes her mother and father and extended family occupied. 

She'd hoped that this holiday would be fuller and happier than the rest. Her handsome firefighter boyfriend, Will McGrath, has brought immeasurable joy and love into her life. Up until recently, they'd even been talking about a future that included wedding bells. Lately, though, the wedding talk has been nonexistent and Amber can’t help but worry that Will's starting to have second thoughts.... 

Until a fire station surprise brings very good tidings.

~ My Rating
5 stars 

~ My Review 

What a darling little Christmas story! <3 

Prior to reading this one, I had read two novellas and a novel by Mrs. Wade and, while I enjoyed them, I didn't love them. Well...I loved The Proposal, y'all. ;) It was sweet and tender, heartwarming and precious all wrapped up in twenty-five pages. 

The romance was sweet and pure, the fireman storyline kinda awesome (Fireproof vibes, y'all xD), and the reconciliation story a perfect add-in. Definitely recommended! :)

A favorite quote: What if someone’s Christmas tree caught on fire in the next ten minutes and the captain couldn’t be found because he was rescuing his girlfriend?


Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Smiles by Rebekah Morris {Book Review}

~ Description 

This was Laina’s second Christmas without her parents, who had died in an accident, and she was sure it would bering nothing but tears, because she and her aunt couldn’t seem to get along. When a frightening experience occurs, Laina, her cousin, and her aunt and uncle find unexpected cause for smiles.

~ My Rating 
4 stars

~ My Review 

I've really enjoyed the stories I've read in Rebekah Morris' Christmas Collection! This was the fourth I've read, and the most recent. They're all really sweet little stories. :) 

In Christmas Smiles, pre-teen Laina is living with her aunt, uncle, and cousin, and feeling really unloved and unwanted. Laina was a very real character, with fears and struggles. I didn't connect with the aunt at first, but...let's just say she grew on me a bit. ;)

The farm setting and family situation was really interesting. I loved the family who owned the farm! They were all great and loving.

Definitely a great, short read! :D 


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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Red Boots by Kate Willis {Book Review}

~ Description 
Old Joey’s lips fell open in astonishment as he examined a pair of boots. They were bright red, standing out like a forgotten apple on an autumn tree. He whistled, long and low. “Red boots!”

A pair of shiny red boots bring unexpected Christmas joy to a shopkeeper and a little girl.

A very short story. (Approximately 8 minutes reading time.)

~ My Rating 
5 stars 

~ My Review 

Red Boots was such a sweet little story, that touched my heart and brought a smile to my face! The authoress did an excellent job at transporting the reader to Old Joey's shop, and bringing the characters to life inside only a few pages. I truly enjoyed! <3 

Psst! This story is also permafree on Amazon Kindle, so you should totally go get it... *wink* 


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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Candle in the Window by Margaret Hill McCarter {Book Review}

~ Description 

Tully wants more than anything to make his teacher smile. But no one knows that Miss Ravenstow is trying to escape the pain from her past. No one, that is, except Tod the mailman, who holds in his hands something far more valuable than a special delivery. 

Discover a very special Christmas story that opens the door for those seeking shelter from the pain of their past. Inspire your entire family with a beautiful portrayal of how a simple candle in the window can bring hope for the future and an encounter with the Light of the world. 

~ My Rating 
5 stars 

~ My Review 

Oh my goodness, this story was just the most precious little thing ever!! ^_^ 

Last year, I won a giveaway of a bundle of audiobooks/dramas. This was included and when I saw that it was Chrismasy (and connected to WWI, according to Goodreads :D) I wanted to listen right away! Unfortunately, it slipped my mind...until this year. I got to listen to it back in November though, and I loved it oh, so much! 

I mean, c'mon y'all, there's WWI, there's a modern-day veteran (who may or may not be an amputee and a hero) and there's postal workers. Not to mention, a cute kid, a heartbroken schoolteacher, and a letter that will touch them all. <3

I truly enjoyed this little story with its endearing message of light and bringing light to the darkness! <3 

( case you're confused...Margaret Hill McCarter wrote the original book, and Lamplighter Theatre did the audiodrama. So I'm technically reviewing the audio. xD)


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Mandie and Joe's Christmas Surprise by Lois Gladys Leppard {Book Review}

~ Description 
When she finds herself in charge of the Christmas Eve skit, Mandie, with Joe's help, tries to remind everyone of the holiday's true meaning by secretly gathering all the town's orphans and giving them parts in the play as well as a home in the church basement.

~ My Rating 
4 stars

~ My Review 

Ahh, such a sweet story! 

I had read this little books several years ago when I read the entire 42-book Mandie series, and I re-read it last month with my reading buddy. It was really sweet! :) And Lisa. *laughs* Oh, Lisa. ;D

It's not a favorite of mine among the Mandie books (not a lot of mystery, here... xD), but still so good! Lots of Mandie/Joe moments for my fellow shippers out there, and the true reason of Christmas shows through very well. <3 

This book would be good for any age, whether you're a long-time Mandie fan or new to the series. A sweet lil' Christmas story! 


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Monday, December 18, 2017

Esther Ashton's New Dress by Kellyn Roth {Book Review}

~ Description 

Recently-orphaned Esther Ashton doesn’t expect much from Christmas with her brother away fighting in the South Pacific, her sister-in-law hospitalized with a new baby, and her job at the department store providing little to no profit. Will Esther have any sort of a Christmas or will it be another dud?

Esther Ashton’s New Dress, a Christmas short story, is sure to delight any fan of Christmas, the 1940s, and brevity. 

~ My Rating 
5 stars 

~ My Review 

EEPS, such a sweet little WWII story! :D

This weekend, I jumped at the chance to review this short story by an indie author. I ended up reading it the same night, and I really enjoyed it! 

At first, I wasn't really sure where the story was going (especially since it only had a couple of pages to play-out), but as soon as scene-two happened, I caught on. And the story was just so precious and sweet! <3

The WWII feel was very well done, and I just wanted to stay and hang out longer with these characters. Definitely recommended if you like WWII stories or Christmas stories in general! :D

**I recieved an e-copy of this short story from the author in exchange for my honest review.** 


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Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs {Book Review}

~ Description 
A sacred season is about to unfold for three women whose hearts belong to God. 
Elizabeth is barren, yet her trust in God remains fertile. Mary is betrothed in marriage, yet she is willing to bear God’s Son. Anna is a widow full of years, yet she waits patiently, prayerfully for the Messiah to appear in the temple courts.

Following in their footsteps, you too can prepare for the Savior to enter your heart, your mind, and your life in a vibrant, new way. Best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs explores the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, unwrapping each verse with tender care and introducing you afresh to The Women of Christmas. 

~ My Rating 
5 stars 

~ My Review 

This book is incredible. The amazing writing, the details in the Christmas story that I had never caught before, the rawness and realness of Mrs. Higgs... So good!

read it last December/January (another Mom-recommendation! ;D), and I really enjoyed it. The writing is so eloquent and even lyrical. 

The author dug deep into the lives and hearts of these three women of Christmas through the little we're told about each of them. She truly succeeded in bringing Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna 'to life' through her beautiful words. 

Absolutely amazing. <3


Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Christmas Star by Ace Collins {Book Review}

~ Description

Robert Reed gave his life for his country in the early days of World War II. His sacrifice was honored when his widow and son were presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Each Christmas the final decoration Madge Reed hangs on the family s tree is that medal. Rather than being a symbol of honor for young Jimmy Reed that shining star represents loss, pain, and suffering. Yet a letter delivered by one of Robert s fellow soldiers and a mystery posed in that letter put a father s sacrifice and faith into perspective and bring new meaning to not just the star hanging on the Christmas tree but the events of the very first Christmas. Then, when least expected, a Christmas miracle turns a final bit of holiday sadness into a joy that Jimmy has never known. 

~ My Rating 
5 stars 

~ My Review 

The Christmas Star was such a sweet, WWII-era story!! 

I grabbed this book from CBD awhile back, but I hadn't gotten around to reading it until recently. But I don't know why I waited!! This book was everything I'd hoped it would be and so much more. 

Main character Jimmy Reed lost his father, a Marine in the Pacific theater. The book opens a few days before Christmas of 1945, the first Christmas after the war. Jimmy is really hurting over knowing that his father is one who won't be coming home. He's 'straying from the straight and narrow' so to speak, and headed down a bad road. 

I don't usually love books with only/mostly guy POVs, but I really liked this one. There was two kisses in the book that I wasn't expecting and didn't really care for. *spoilers* Like.. Y'all are teenagers. Just please no. *end of spoilers* 

I sooo enjoyed reading Jimmy's story, his internal struggles of differentiating between right and wrong, and the tale of Christmas miracle in Ash Flat, Arkansas. :D Calvin was...probably my favorite character. He was just amazing with the way he reached out to those most people had forgotten. I loved learning his heartbreaking backstory too. <3 

All the tie-in stuff with Jimmy's dad was epic too!! The medal, the letter, the visitor...that surprise at the end. *shivers* Let's just say my heart was happy. <3 

All the way around, it was a really wonderful book! :D


Friday, December 15, 2017

As in Olden Days by Jesseca Wheaton {Book Review}

~ Description 
A prequel to the "Questions of War" series. Set during the Christmas of 1939.

~ My Rating 
5 stars 

~ My Review 

If you have followed my blog for any length of time or if you know me, you've probably heard me talk about the Questions of War series. I love book-1, I love book-2 even more, and I'm not-so-patiently awaiting the rest of the series. 

But...then the mastermind author came up with a prequel novella, set during the Christmas of 1939 which just so happens to be the Christmas before the series begins....and I love it so much. <3 

The story is precious and sweet, humorous and endearing. If you've read the other books, it will probably mean even more to you. I read it for the second time last week, and I seriously teared up. Reading of a happy and joyous time in the lives of people who are soon to be hurt terribly by a world war was heartbreaking, and yet somehow beautiful. 

A definite favorite. <3


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren {Book Review}

~ Description 
Why is Christmas such a big deal?

If you stop to think about it, it is astounding that the simple, unassuming birth of a peasant baby boy more than two thousand years ago in the Middle East can today cause traffic jams every December in places like New York City, Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro.

The night Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, a small group of poor shepherds were quietly tending their flocks of sheep in a nearby field, looking up at the stars. Nothing seemed any different from a thousand other nights. But what was about to happen would transform not only their lives but billions of other lives as well. The world would never be the same again. 

Regardless of your religious background, you need to know how the three purposes of Christmas solve your three greatest needs. 

Understanding and receiving God's Christmas gifts to you will transform your life...forever!

~ My Rating 
5 stars 

~ My Review 

The Purpose of Christmas by Rick Warren was an amazing book. 

I was scouring my mom's bookshelf one day a few weeks ago, looking for more Christmas reads, and I came across some Christmas nonfiction. I asked her which ones she would recommend first, and The Purpose of Christmas was the first one she chose. 

*happy sigh* I'm so glad I read this one, and even though I've written quite a few book reviews, I don't think I can easily put into words how eloquent and truth-filled this one was. 

I would have appreciated if all references to God had been capitalized (pronouns were not), but this was not the first book I read where I noticed that. 

Instead of going on and on about it, I'm going to stop now and give y'all a few quotes. Bottom line: I would 100% recommend it. <33 

~ Quotes

"Although there are accidental parents, there are no accidental babies. The parents may not have planned it, but God did."

"Salvation...means being given the freedom and power to fulfill God's purpose for your life."

"If you study the life of Jesus, you'll quickly see that when you make a mistake, Jesus doesn't rub it in. He rubs it out."

"God had so much more in mind than just fire insurance when he sent Jesus to be our savior."

"...Any lasting solution must start in the heart, and only God can transform hearts." 

"The more you pray, the less you'll panic. The more you worship, the less you worry." 

"No man or woman will ever love you as completely and deeply as Jesus does." 


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Saturday, December 9, 2017



Its an interesting word, isn't it? 

A definition I found reads... "see or observe – a thing or person, especially a remarkable or impressive one..." 

To see. To observe. To soak up the presence of something worthy of noting. 

The Bible uses the word behold in many places, often to draw attention to something of specific importance. Matthew 1:23, Luke 2:10-11, and 2 Corinthians 5:17 are two of my favorites. 

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. ~ Matthew 1:23 

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. ~ Luke 2:10-11 

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

This week, this month, this Christmas season, let's take a step back. 

Let's refrain from getting caught up in the rat-race, the scramble to buy something for everyone on our lists and attend all the festivities. 

Let's take time to observe. 

Let's spend time soaking up the beautiful tale. The story of a Savior coming to earth as a baby, born in a lowly stable one Bethlehem night. 

Let's cherish the simple moments and spend time beholding the beauty of the world we live in, created by the Lord of the Universe. 

Because, friends, you and I, we were created by One worth beholding. <3 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

They're Rugby Boys, Don't You Know? by Natalie Vellacott {Book Review}

~ Description 

Natalie Vellacott took a two-year break from her job with Sussex Police to join the Logos Hope Christian missionary ship. She was forever changed when, the ship having repeatedly broken down in the Philippines, she unexpectedly encountered and fell in love with a group of street teenage boys addicted to a solvent called "rugby." The dirty, wild, miserable, rabble were accustomed to hostility. Their curious approach in order to investigate the foreigners was cautious and sometimes abusive. Local Filipinos watched from a distance, fascinated yet fearful. These were the “rugby boys”--untouchable and invisible, even dangerous and definitely not worthy of time, attention, love and care. But now a small group of highly regarded foreigners seemed intent on drawing attention to them.

A true missionary story about Christian hope being brought to the hopeless in the Philippines... 

~ My Rating 
4 stars 

~ My Review 

They're Rugby Boys, Don't You Know? is an inspirational story of one woman's journey to bring hope to the hopeless and love to those deemed unlovable. 

While her missionary ship was in port in the Philippines, Natalie Vellacott met a rag-tag group of street boys known as the 'rugby boys.' When I received this book to review, I thought of rugby as that extremely-painful-looking sport that's one-third soccer, one-third football, and one-third pain. (Can you tell I'm not a sporty person? xD) This book introduced me to another meaning of the word 'rugby.' 

In the Philipines (and maybe other places – I'm not sure), rugby is a type of glue. These rugby boy outcasts would inhale the solvent-based glue and get high off it. Why? Because they're literally starving and the drug takes away the hunger pains and gives them the feeling of having a full stomach. If your heart didn't just break, I don't know what's wrong with you. 

It hurts my heart, and most definitely the author's as well. She along with a few others began reaching out to these boys, ministering to their physical as well as spiritual needs. Sometimes the boys lied to them, stole, didn't keep their promises – but  Ms. Vellacott and her band of helpers didn't stop showing them love. 

The author does not sugar-coat the hard stuff. She doesn't keep hidden the personal, emotional struggles she faced while reaching out to these boys. This book is the raw story of her journey during the time her world collided with that of these gangs of street boys. 

I laughed and smile when I read of the boys joking and having fun with the missionaries. (And when they were in the church showers – haha, oh my!!) My heart hurt when I read of the churches who refused to help the boys and the health issues some of the boys dealt as a result of drug abuse. 

The writing style isn't that great at times, and there was some grammatical errors. But, as I saw other reviewers point out, the book reads like a blog, and I was okay with that. 

This book is obviously very real – there is no fairytale ending. Some of the boys changed, found Christ, and were able to stay strong following drug rehab. Others returned to their former ways, only to remain in the cycle until they do finally give their lives completely to Christ or the drug abuse takes its toll. 

I enjoyed this story and it served well to open my eyes to suffering around the globe. Definitely recommended for any Christian, particularly those called to foreign missions. 

**I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.** 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Sisters in Christ ~ Sarah K. ~ December 2017

A wonderful for Saturday to you all, and welcome to the December 2017 edition of Sisters in Christ! Today we have Sarah Keatts from One Name as our spotlighted blogger and sister! <3 

Alright, let's introduce you to the readers, Sarah! :D 

Hey, my name is Sarah. I'm a homeschooled teen. I'm also a PK (for those who don't know, Pastor's kid). 
I'm a follower of Jesus because after what He's done for me how could I be anything else? I love to love people... I want to show His love. 
And I blog over at One Name.

Thank you! Ah, yes. I've been enjoying your blog. What inspired you to start one? 

I wanted to share what God had been teaching me to others.. I wanted to use my gift of writing for His glory. I wanted to encourage others. 

Did you read other blogs before starting your own, or was starting a blog what thrust you into this amazing world we call The Blogosphere? ;) 

Actually my blog was what thrust me into The Blogosphere. :)

That's so cool!! And usually not the answer I get with that question. ;) How did you find my blog?

I found Chosen Vessels through your other blog, Stories by Firefly.

You already mentioned your faith, so let's delve into that a bit. What's your favorite Bible verse, chapter, and book? Why? 

Oh how can you make me choose? Okay so one of my favorite books of the Bible in the Old Testament is Hosea. It's a such a beautiful book which shows God's character. His just nature, His righteous anger, and yet His Grace and mercy and love. 
One of my favorite New Testament books is Ephesians. It's so packed with things to learn! Also at the end of the book tells us that we are in a spiritual Bible and tells us to pray. 
Favorite chapter? So one of my favorites would probably be Philippians 2... it talks about how Jesus, The Son of God, came to earth. I mean it says that even though He exists in the form of God, He didn't consider equality with God as something to be used to His own advantage. Wow! 
Favorite verse... one of my favorites right now is Isaiah 6:8... he says to God, "Here I am. Send me." I want to have that attitude... to say to God, Here I am. Send me.

What Bible verses have really helped you through some rough times? 

So one is Matthew 26:41. It's a reminder to pray... because even though the spirit is willing the flesh is weak. 

Another is Psalm 27:14.... recently I went through a time of waiting and it really encouraged me. 

What is one event in your life that really strengthened your Christian walk? 

A few years ago my family and I moved to where I live now. I was excited about going to a new place but at the same time I didn't want to move. And my sister and I were in the children's ministry at the time but just a year later we moved up to our church's youth group... we were the only new ones moving up. That was .... hard. I felt awkward. But throughout that whole experience God was showing me what it means to follow Him. Following is a action. We're called to live our lives for Him and His glory. 
And though this isn't a specific event.... a few months ago God gave me a wake up call to start living for Him more. And even more recently to share the gospel. 
This walk with Jesus is a journey... and I'm still walking it. I've still got a lot to learn... but that's okay, we all do.

Any Bible reading tips? 

You've probably heard this before but to read everyday. It doesn't matter how much... just read. 
And to keep a Bible journal. Even if you aren't a fan of writing then it's really helpful to write what God's teaching you. 

I really enjoy keeping a Bible journal. :) 

On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the most), how much of a reader would you consider yourself? 
What about a writer? 

That's a hard one. Maybe 9 when it comes to reading. I'm a pretty avid reader. Probably 8 1/2 when it comes to writing... I LOVE writing... but I need to actually write more. :)

Where's your favorite place to read and/or write? 

Really anywhere. With a blanket. Even in the summer. On the couch or on my bed. With writing I'll usually do it at my desk on my computer but I jot down things anywhere. 

What's your favorite author(s)? Favorite books by them? 

I like Lynn Austin. And her series God and Kings... it's a fictional, Biblical, Christian series... really good. 
I also like Ally Carter. She's not a Christian author but her books are clean and interesting. I like Embassy Row trilogy by her. 

What are some books that really impacted your young life? 

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis. My mom read it to me and my sister and she paused for the day and I went and finished the rest of it. :). 
I also loved reading the Boxcar Children series... I forget the authors name though. 

I believe Gertrude Chandler Warner wrote those. I really liked them too! 

If you had to use one word to describe yourself, what would it be? 

That's hard. Maybe fiery. Not the kind of quick temper fiery (though I'm working on patience) but like passionate about what I believe. 

Any pet peeves? 

When people talk with their mouth full. 
Clicking pens (but I do this too, I just don't like others to do it 😂). 
People looking over my shoulder (I hate it when they do that! I can't stand it)

Ugh, people looking over my shoudler bothers me too!! Favorite songs? 

Oh that's really hard. One of my favorites recently has been Undone by Salvation Grace. And You Give Me Life by Kyle Smith and Lauren Sweeney. And Invincible by Skillet. 

Anything else to add? Goals for the rest of this year or next?

Next year I really want to finish the first draft of this book I've been working on. 
Also, I am pretty weird... but I mean aren't we all? Totally random thing but I'm also a ENFP according to Myers Briggs Personality Quiz. 
Thanks for having me! :)

That's so cool – I'm INFP! Thanks for joining me today, Sarah! :D 


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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thanksgiving Psalm {2017}

As I was reading my Bible on Thursday morning, I came across this passage while looking through Psalms for another Thanksgiving verse. It's a really beautiful chapter so I hope y'all enjoy. :) 

O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. 
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. 
For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 
In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. 
The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. 
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. 
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, 
Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 
When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. 
Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: 
Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.”

~ Psalms 95:1-11 KJV ~ 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I Have Been Blessed {Song Lyrics}

When He moves among us, all that He does
All of His mercy and all of His love
If the pen of the writer could write everyday
Even this world could never contain
How I have been blessed

The warmth in the winter, the flowers in spring
Laughter in summer and the changing of leaves
Food on my table, a good place to sleep
Clothes on my back and shoes on my feet
I have been blessed

I have been blessed, God's so good to me
Precious are His thoughts of you and me
No way I could count them, there's not enough time
So I'll just thank Him for being so kind
God has been good, so good
I have been blessed

Arms that will raise, a voice that can talk
Hands that can touch and legs that can walk
Ears that can listen, eyes that can see
Oh, I've got to praise Him as long as I breathe
I have been blessed

A father and mother who nurtured and raised
Brothers and sisters, memories made
Our pastor to lead us, the altar to pray
Stripes that can heal, and blood that can save
I have been blessed

I have been blessed, God's so good to me
Precious are His thoughts of you and me
No way I could count them, there's not enough time
So I'll just thank Him for being so kind
God has been good, so good
I have been blessed

We live in a country, the greatest on earth
Our flag stands for freedom and what it is worth
She stands in the harbor, Miss Liberty calls
All have gave some, but some have gave all
For me to be blessed

He's my shoulder to lean on when I am down
The Rock where He leads me when I'm overwhelmed
The place where He hides me up under His wings
He's not just a song, He's the reason I sing
I have been blessed

I have been blessed, God's so good to me
Precious are His thoughts of you and me
No way I could count them, there's not enough time
So I'll just thank Him for being so kind
God has been good, so good
I have been blessed

**All images from Pinterest, lyrics from Google.**